A community playground at Pearson School has long been a dream of Winchester children and a goal of many community members. In the fall of 2017, the Winchester Board of Education decided to make that dream a reality, holding a community meeting, interviewing students, and seeking feedback from parents on playground construction.
By spring of 2018, through donations from community members and local businesses, the Board had a little more than half of the money needed to make the dream of a community playground a reality.
A grant from the Draper Foundation Fund of the Northwest Connecticut Community Foundation provided the needed resources to close the gap and begin construction on the playground.
"At recess without a playground, we usually just sit around and talk," said a Pearson School student.
"With a playscape, we can run around, and jump, and play!"
Officially open for running, jumping and playing, the new high-quality steel coated playscape with a vinyl finish is accessible to children of all abilities. The community playground features multiple activity areas, decks, and swings that provide a safe and engaging place to play.